By now, chances are you’ve seen the gorgeous Giambattista Valli gown Lena Dunham wore to the Emmys last night; it’s a dress I loved when I saw it in runway photos and I’m so glad Lena was the one to wear it because, let’s face it – you need personality to pull off this dress. And as Ms. Dunham is as layered and sassy as that skirt, I’m of the opinion she was the perfect person to wear it.
This may be a good place to detour into a few salient points:
1. Lena Dunham is adorable
2. Lena Dunham does not need me to defend her
3. I’m doing it anyway
While I’m enamored of this dress, others have been a little less kind. Now, I understand everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and I totally understand hating this dress on its own merits, but every time Lena steps out onto the red carpet, there seems to be a barrage of negative comments following in her wake. And rather than attacking the dress, they attack the woman in the dress.
People? This is unacceptable. Regardless of whether you love or hate Girls or Tiny Furniture or Lena’s New Yorker pieces, your opinions about the work or the garment should never extend to the person creating or wearing them. Is Hannah Horvath a spoiled, self-indulgent portrait of the worst kind of Millennial? As a Millennial, I will tell you, yes, absolutely she is, and I’d like to scream at her until my lungs collapse; however, I recognize it takes a tremendous talent to make someone who is so likable as a personality into the lost soul that is her character.
And I think it’s time a wider audience does, too. Because at the end of the day, Lena Dunham is doing good things for women. Love it or hate it, she puts herself out there. She speaks up for women. She’s a role model to girls looking to break into male-dominated industries. And she loves a giant skirt.
In my book? That makes her great.